Michael Kornitas

Track L: Accelerating Community Pathways to Net Zero
Fri/AM 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Director-Sustainability and Energy
Rutgers University
United States
Rutgers University’s Commitment to Net Zero Decarbonization & Becoming a Catalyst for Neighboring Communities

Rutgers University has made the commitment to achieve carbon neutrality on its entire multi-campus system. While significant progress has been made, there are gaps that need to be addressed to achieve the program goals and to become a catalyst to its host communities and beyond. This presentation will explore the University’s baseline assessment, decarbonization goals, gap analysis, and next steps. It will also look at key collaborator roles and educational implications, and how the Rutgers’ experience can be replicated to other campuses and neighboring communities.

Michael Kornitas is the Director-Sustainability and Energy for Rutgers University. He is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional, and is a member of AEE and ASHRAE. Michael is a member of Rutgers Energy Institute and a research associate for the Rutgers Center for Green Building. He is on the Advisory Board for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; past President of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability; and former Co-Chair of the Big 10 and Friends Sustainability Committee.

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